“It’s always a little awkward when someone asks you about your toe.”
Truer words were never spoken, in this case by Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. Yet, that didn’t stop Rich Eisen from inquiring about Ryan’s toe Wednesday during an appearance on NFL Total Access.
“My toe is good,” said Ryan, who missed two games and most of a third after suffering a “turf toe” injury on the first series against the Buccaneers in Week 12. “Feeling good. I feel a lot better than I did at the end of the year. I’m back to running and working out in full. I’ll be ready to go for minicamp a couple weeks after the draft.”
Ryan, the third overall pick in the 2008 draft, also offered some advice to the young quarterbacks waiting to hear their names called in the first round of this year’s draft.
“Just relax,” he said. “Take a deep breath. A lot of the nitty gritty, all of the difficult stuff — the combine, people telling you how bad you really are — that’s kind of what the pre-draft process is all about. It’s over. So take a deep breath, relax, enjoy the next week and a half. Your life’s going to change in about 10 days, whatever it is. Hopefully you end up in a great spot, a great situation for themselves. From that point on, you’re going to have to work really hard.”